Geotechnical Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Geotechnical Engineers can bottom out near $47K or peak near $89K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Geotechnical Engineers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,850 - $86,809
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$48K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,548
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$17.00 - $39.69
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$17
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,850 - $86,809  
   
Bonus
$15.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,013  
Total Pay (?
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$47,438 - $88,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 523
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $39.69  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $44.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$15.00 - $7,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,013  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,438 - $88,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Geotechnical Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., Golder Associates Incorporated, CH2M Hill, Terracon Consultants, Inc., and Professional Service Industries, Inc. Pay for Geotechnical Engineers is best at CH2M Hill, which offers a median salary of $78K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $68K to $99K. URS Corporation Inc., Geodesign, Inc., and Terracon Consultants, Inc. also offer top salaries for Geotechnical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $66K, $66K, and $62K, respectively.

Workers at Golder Associates Incorporated, Terracon, and Terracon Consultants, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $59K, $61K, and $62K respectively.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Geotechnical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Construction Site Inspection, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Geotechnical Engineers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Geotechnical Engineers make a median salary of $81K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,919

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geotechnical Engineers, 14 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baton Rouge (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Geotechnical Engineers in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Philadelphia (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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National Average
$65,000

Construction Site Inspection
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Microsoft Excel
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Project
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AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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